6Nightly Business Report
you. thank you. captioning sponsored by wpbt >> tom: good evening and thanks for joining us. the nation's retailers had a relatively strong back-to-school selling season, and susie, that has investors and traders wondering how the sector will do this holiday season. >> susie: tom, the commerce department reports retail sales rose for the second straight month in august. sales were up a better-than- expected four-tenths of a percent last month, while july's sales were also revised higher. >> tom: with "back to school" in the rear view mirror, retailers are looking ahead to the holiday selling season. many stores are deciding now how many temporary workers to hire, if any. as erika miller explains, those decisions can provide some important hints about the strength of holiday sales. >> reporter: in brooklyn, under the manhattan bridge, is a gift shop called stewart/stand. it's a family-owned business-- penelope runs the store, while her brother-in-law paul is in charge of the wholesale division. though it's only september, the two are already finalizing holiday hiring decisions. >>
members to do something real. and this doesn't get us there. >> reporter: the administration proposes increasing enforcement and inspection staff at the pipeline and hazardous materials safety administration. it also wants to raise the maximum penalty for safety violations from $1 million to $2.5 million. safety advocates want the agency to do a better job informing the public about potential problems, and to boost safety inspections. critics say the agency also has to change its culture. case in point: the agency head, cynthia quarterman, used to be an attorney for enbridge. >> the oil company has had two the oil company has had two significant pipeline leaks in recent months. quarterman has recused herself from issues involving the company, including testifying before congress. deputy transportation secretary john porcari defended her today, before the house transportation committee. >> we selected an administrator that had both public and private sector experience. >> reporter: republican bill shuster says it's probably too late for congress to pass legislation this year. >> i don'
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